Here’s an expandable list of some helpful Web 2.0 educational tools and resources that have caught my eye. I plan to add to this list as I come across other sites that seem especially helpful to me.
Quizlet – a great tool for creating online flashcards, games, and learning experiences.
Remember The Milk – Not really a “Web 2.0” resource, but a great Online To-Do List/Personal Organizer
Zotero – free tool to collect, organize, cite, and share research sources
Symbaloo – Many readers of this blog will already be familiar with this tool. I just discovered it and am excited about this new way to organize my bookmarks visually with icons on my own personalized webpage. (I make this my homepage.)
MASHUPS, DIGITAL PUBLISHING, and PRESENTATIONS:
VoiceThread – “Conversations in the Cloud”
Slideshare – Upload and share PowerPoint presentations
Joomag – Free digital magazine creator
PosterMyWall – Private classroom version available
Clips from Netflix and YouTube are also great tools to use as discussion-starters and writing prompts.
VIDEO CREATION TOOLS:
AUDIO CREATION TOOLS:
SCREEN CAPTURING TOOLS (Great for Instructional Video Creation):
Camtasia – Screen recording and video editing software
SURVEYS AND POLLS
KidBlog is based on a simplified version of the user-friendly WordPress interface. Teachers have full administrative control of the classroom blogs and all blogs are private and password protected. Kidblog is free and there are no ads.
EduBlogs is a widely used educational blogging site. Edublogs offers many options and themes. The embedded calendar is one of teachers’ favorite features. Edublogs also offers extensive support on its help pages. Although some features are free, other features require the user to subscribe to various packages.
Weebly is a popular site that enables teachers to create a free class website with up to 40 student blogs. Weebly also offers many features and themes.
21Classes offers more features and options than some of the free educational blogging tools, but a classroom subscription costs $79 per year.
Classblogmeister contains fewer bells and whistles, but is still a popular educational blogging tool. One popular feature of ClassBlogmeister is the teacher moderation tools. No student posts or comments are published until the teacher has given approval.
OTHER WEB 2.0 TOOLS:
Wordle – toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide
Gliffy – Create free diagrams
Tiki-Toki (Web-Based Timelines)
XTimeLine (another web-based timeline creator)
Online Countdown Timer – I like to use this handy and convenient countdown timer in the classroom – posting it on my Promethean Board.
ONLINE CONTENT RESOURCES:
Pennsylvania Dept. of Education Standards Aligned Systems – Rich resource for teachers by PDE
Wonderopolis – Brief educational articles & videos on all kinds of topics
LibriVox – Free audio books for the public domain
Expressivo – Text to Speech Software
EDUCATIONAL USES OF TECHNOLOGY
User-Generated Content in Education – This wiki book discusses various tools and strategies for using user-generated content in education.
Centre for Learning and Performance Technologies – A resource on using technology in education
K12Online – Annual online presentations about using tech in education
Classroom 2.0 – Social network for those interested in Web 2.0 tools
Cool Cat Teacher Blog – a blog about using new web tools in education